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Baihetan Dam

Baihetan Dam
Baihetan Dam is located in China
Baihetan Dam
Location of Baihetan Dam in China
Official name白鹤滩大坝
Coordinates27°12′13″N 102°53′59″E / 27.20361°N 102.89972°E / 27.20361; 102.89972
Construction began2008
Opening date2021-2022 (est.)
Construction cost$6.3 billion[1]
Dam and spillways
Type of damdouble-curvature arch dam
ImpoundsJinsha River
Height277 metres (909 ft)
Width (crest)13 metres (43 ft)
Width (base)72 metres (236 ft)
Total capacity17,924,000,000 m3 (14,531,223 acre⋅ft)[2]
Power Station
Turbines16 × 1,000 MW
Installed capacity16,000 MW
Annual generation60.24 TWh[3]

The Baihetan Dam (simplified Chinese: 白鹤滩大坝; traditional Chinese: 白鶴灘大壩; pinyin: Báihètān Dàbà) is a large hydroelectric dam under construction on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, in the southwest of China. The dam is a 277 m tall double-curvature arch dam with a crest elevation of 827 m. Its width will be 72 m at the base and 13 m at the crest.[3]

The facility will generate power by utilizing 16 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 1,000 MW, taking the generating capacity to 16,000 MW.[4] In terms of generating capacity, it will be the second largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, after the Three Gorges Dam.[5] When finished, it will be the third largest dam in China and the fourth in the world, in terms of dam volume. Construction on the dam began in 2008 and is expected to be complete in 2021.[6]

See also


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  2. ^ "Baihetan Hydropower" (in Chinese). Baihetan. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Baihetan Hydropower Project". CWE. Archived from the original on 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
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  6. ^ "A Brief History of Hydropower Development Baihetan" (in Chinese). Baihetan China - Ningxia County Public Information Network. 2 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.